Until recently, I thought the word "redskins" came about because people thought Native Americans had reddish-looking skin.
I have since learned that the term dates back to when there was a bounty on the heads of tribe members. Trappers would bring in Native American scalps so that the trading post had proof of the killings. The term "redskins" referred to the bloody scalp remnants brought in.
In light of the latest effort to force the Washington Redskins to change its nickname, perhaps the activists should also target the team's rival down in Dallas.
After all, it was the cowboys who did the scalping.